The 5 Stages of a Snow Day

Ahh the moment when you get the text from school to say it’s shut due to snow. Great, you think, we will have the most lovely snow day together. You don’t have to rush around in the morning and there is no need to de-ice the car. Perfect. The kids are happy, you are happy. Bring on the snow day! Here are my 5 stages of a snow day.

  1. Fresh snow has landed overnight and after a slow start to the day the kids get togged up and head out into the garden to build snowmen and to throw snowballs at each other. Their cheeks are rosy from the cold and you take the cutest photos for Instagram of them having the best time. An hour in and everyone is a little bit frozen chilly so it’s time to head inside and see what the rest of the day brings.
  2. You realise it is only 9am but that’s okay. You pull out the play-doh, the paints, the board games. After all, it’s an extra day off of family time and it should not be wasted. Fun is had and it soon time for lunch (it’s actually only 11am but that’s okay, you’ve been up since 5!)
  3. The Christmas movies come out! You can fit at least 3 of them into the afternoon. It’s the perfect day to throw out the ‘only an hour watching TV rule’ and get cosy under blankets. You can even have a little snooze while the kids watch Elf. You quietly rejoice and thank the snow gods because right about now you should be heading out on the school run.
  4. The cabin fever sets in around dinner time. Everyone’s getting on each others nerves a bit. No one has been out all day, the movies have been cast aside in favour of individual tablets and games consoles and everyone is a little bit snappy and moody.
  5. Time to check the weather app. Oh no! More snow forecast, will they close the school again tomorrow? Come on snow….melt! You reach for the gin and hope that tomorrow you are back to normal.

I hope you enjoyed the 5 stages of a snow day; my car has broken down so I am little bit bitter!  I’m sure you will all have much better ones if you are off with the kids today but I am sending the best of luck to you anyway!

Happy Snow Day!


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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

I’m an anxiety sufferer, list writer and secret chocolate eater.

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